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  • Farmers fear national crackdown on illegal workers

    June 7, 2011 9:16 PM

    Local farmers in Santa Maria are concerned about talk of a new immigration bill that could severely impact their workforce. The proposed bill would require all American businesses to run their employees through e-verify. The government program checks to make sure a person is eligible to work in the U.S.... more »
  • New immigration legislation could hit Ag industry hard

    June 7, 2011 5:07 PM

    The agriculture industry could face disaster if a new immigration policy being discussed in Congress becomes law. The E-Verify Modernization Act of 2011 would require all American busineeses to run their employees through E-Verify, a program that determines if the person can legally work in the United States. About... more »
  • Local farmers prepare for a wet weekend

    June 3, 2011 9:38 PM

    Local farmers are getting ready for what could be a wet weekend. Many are harvesting their crops as quickly as possible to preserve what they can. Strawberry and vegetable farmers say they have been trying to harvest as much as they can before the wet weather hits. The June gloom... more »
  • Santa Ynez river floods at least 400 acres of farmland

    March 21, 2011 9:47 PM

    Some Lompoc farmers are calling for action after the Santa Ynez River overflowed, wiping out hundreds of acres of their crops. The water flooded farmland near Central and Douglass Avenue in Lompoc, but farmers say the farmers say the damage is preventable. It's a major loss for a handful... more »
  • Soaring diesel prices could prove costly to consumers

    February 24, 2011 9:31 PM

    You can expect to pay more for just about everything, if diesel prices continue to climb. Diesel in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties is hovering around $4 a gallon, which is higher than the state average. Central Coast growers and shippers depend heavily on diesel... more »
  • Higher fuel costs could mean higher produce prices

    February 24, 2011 1:51 PM

    Rising fuel costs means more than just pain at the pump. It's affecting everyone from farmers to manufacturers and shippers. If those costs continue, consumers could end up paying more at the grocery store. The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel is $4.01 in San Luis Obispo... more »
  • Recent storms destroy Santa Maria crops

    December 24, 2010 1:49 AM

    The record-setting rainfall has taken its toll on many farmers in Santa Maria. Harvest crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and celery were among the hardest hit. While farmers say we need the water, they say this was too much too quickly. For farmers, losing crops means losing cash. "We... more »
  • Neighbors blame construction fence for recent flooding

    December 21, 2010 9:52 PM

    As people living in Nipomo prepare for next storm, some say a construction fence is partly responsible for blocking debris in the north creek, which caused major flooding on Sunday. Others say the debate surrounds who's responsible for the debris. Dan Diaz is known as the "Nipomo Creek Dog."... more »
  • Santa Barbara County Foodbank thanks local farmers

    April 8, 2010 9:51 PM

    The Santa Barbara County Foodbank gave a big thank you today to the agricultural community. The foodbank held its 5th annual Agriculture Appreciation Barbecue this afternoon in Santa Maria. Organizers say partnerships with local growers, producers and manufacturers help them feed residents who would otherwise go hungry. "We... more »
  • New Farmer's Market set to open in San Luis Obispo Sunday

    April 6, 2010 2:01 PM

    There's a new Farmer's Market set to open in San Luis Obispo this weekend. The new Certified Farmer's Market opens on Sunday, April 11th at 10:00 a.m. at the Kennedy Club Fitness parking lot on the 3800 blk. of Long St. The Market's Manager says the new farmer's market... more »
  • Storms halt harvesting for local farmers

    January 22, 2010 9:35 PM

    Storms throughout the region have created headaches for local growers. The weather is keeping workers inside and farm equipment off the fields. They say the rain is welcome--just not this much... at one time. This much rain over-saturates the ground and crops. The majority of produce sold across the country... more »

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